League Two
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Rochdale 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Graham Cummins

Rochdale moved up to fourth in League Two after from Scott Hogan and Graham Cummins saw off Bristol Rovers.

Hogan broke Rovers' resistance near the hour mark, flicking in Joe Rafferty's cross, before Jack O'Connell set up Cummins to fire past Steve Mildenhall.

Lee Smith had almost put the visitors in front in the opening 45 minutes, but his attempt was smartly kept out by Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

The visitors are only a point above the relegation zone following their defeat.

Dale, meanwhile, closed to just a point behind leaders Chesterfield.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"You want an energetic performance and it's very difficult if you're going to retain the same side.

"The same side deserved the opportunity to repeat results.

"Both sides wrestled quite well. The first goal is always really important - it can knock the energy out of the opposition and give you that little bit of extra energy."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 25Rose
  • 12Lund
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 28mins
  • 29Cummins
  • 11Hogan
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Donnelly
  • 14Héry
  • 16Done
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 15NorburnSubstituted forBeardsleyat 73'minutes
  • 24O Clarke
  • 9Harrold
  • 33SantosSubstituted forRichardsat 62'minutes
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarrisonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Paterson
  • 10Richards
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 30Lockyer
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
2,576

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces David Clarkson.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Oliver Norburn.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

(Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Alefe Santos.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Lund with a cross.

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield23118433191441
2Scunthorpe2311843324941
3Burton2312562722541
4Rochdale2312473528740
5Oxford Utd23108534211338
6Southend2311572820838
7Newport2210753022837
8Fleetwood2211293428635
9Morecambe2410592932-335
10Cheltenham248973133-233
11Exeter239593031-132
12Dag & Red238783028231
13Hartlepool238782725231
14Plymouth238692025-530
15Wimbledon227782426-228
16Wycombe227692929027
17Portsmouth236892836-826
18Accrington2367102531-625
19Mansfield2367102533-825
20Bury235992730-324
21Bristol Rovers2358102025-523
22York2341092631-522
23Torquay2357112437-1322
24Northampton2347121730-1319
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